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Lecture 15 PDM Systems

Lecture 15 PDM Systems

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MAE 455 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
Product Data Management
Working with Databases
MAE 455 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
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Purpose of PDM Software
The purpose of Product Data Management (PDM) software is to enable members of a team or enterprise to
share information
and
manage
it.
 –PDM software employs
databases
to store the information.  –The information can be
CAD data
or
any other data
in the life-cycle of a product or process. –The ability of individuals to access and change the data is controlled.
Examples of PDM software include
Teamcenter
(SeimensPLM),
Windchill
(PTC) and
ProductCenter
(SofTech).Individuals work within a PDM application to use PDM.
 
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MAE 455 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
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Purpose of PDM Software
Individuals who need to access CAD data:
 –Designers –Project Engineers –Managers –Engineering Analysts –Sales Engineers –Purchasing
Activities they do:
 –See what parts and assemblies look like. –Evaluate them in some way. –Modify parts, or use them in assemblies or for analysis. –Review, accept and release designs.
Designers double-click on a part in the PDM software in order to bring it up in a CAD application
(like in a Windows folder)
.
MAE 455 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
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Working with “Items”
So far in this course all of your CAD models have been stored in
part files
. Each part file represents one part, assembly or drawing.In a typical company
 –CAD information represents
only a portion
of the information that must be maintained about a part.
Other information includes suppliers, costs, and inventory.
 –Some information does not involve parts at all
(e.g., Design Specifications, Manufacturing Processes Information, Salaries)
.
Therefore, a PDM system stores information as generic
Items
,” rather than as part files.
 
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MAE 455 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
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Creating “Items”
To create an item in PDM software:
1.Typically select File
New
.
2.Input information in a dialog box and press OK.3.The item automatically gets put in the database.
MAE 455 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
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Configuration Management
Configuration Management (CM) is the activity of
tracking
and controlling
changes
to products and processes.Every time you create something new, edit, or delete something, you are making a change.Each new version of an item is stored in an
Item Revision
.” These are created automatic-ally when you first create an item or save an item as a new revision.

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